Rogers Corporation Grant to Explore Hybrid Solid State Electrolyte
Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering was awarded $180K from the Rogers Corporation for “Advanced Electrolytes to Enable High Energy High Power Li-ion Batteries”. The Novel Prize in Chemistry 2019 is awarded to Dr. John B. Goodenough, Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham, and Dr. Akira Yoshino for their development of Li-ion batteries, because the impact of Li-ion batteries to portable electronics and people’s everyday life is huge. But there is a remaining of safety issues to address and energy density to improve in energy storage, this project will develop an advanced, cost-effective, durable electrolytes. These electrolytes will enable the usage of Li metal as an anode, and high voltage cathode materials. The proposed technology will allow the fabrication of high energy, high power, and truly safe rechargeable Li metal batteries.